The 2015 New York Marathon champion Stanley Biwott was beaten by Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie to claim the 2016 honors in the race that was held on Sunday (6).
The 21-year-old finished fourth in Rio and made his debut in New York, which was his third marathon of 2016. The Eritrean was just 19 when he won gold at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015. He was fourth in London this year in a personal best of 2:07.46.
Ghebreslassie took to the finish line with a time of 2:07:51 which is his first Marathon Major with a time of .
Ghebreslassie, the 2015 world champion and the fourth-place finisher at the Rio Olympics, became the youngest men’s champion in New York at age 20.
Ghebreslassie broke away from a pack of three runners after the 30-kilometer mark, around 18 miles, and extended his lead through the Bronx and final Manhattan portion of the race. He finished in 2:07:51, more than a minute ahead of silver medalist Lucas Rotich of Kenya.
“In order to achieve what you need in the race and perform, you must have full confidence,” said a delighted Ghebreslassie. “If you lose your confidence, you are hopeless.
Rotich came home for second in 2:08:53, while third went to USA’s Abdi Adbirahman,39, who finished with a time of 2:11:23 – at the age of 39, his best finish in a Marathon Major and the oldest man to finish in the top three of the New York City Marathon.
Sunday’s race was the 40th anniversary of its transformation into a five-borough event, starting in Staten Island and snaking through the city to its finish in Central Park.
It is now the largest marathon in the world by finishers, with an estimated 50,000 participants expected to cross the finish line on Sunday.
1 Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2:07:51
2 Lucas Rotich (KEN) 2:08:53
3 Abdi Abdirahman (USA) 2:11:23
4 Hiroyuki Yamamoto (JPN) 2:11:49
5 Shadrack Biwott (USA) 2:12:01
6 Tadesse Yae Dabi (ETH) 2:13:06
7 Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 2:14:18
8 Tyler Pennel (USA) 2:15:09
9 Ben Payne (USA) 2:15:46
10 Patrick Smyth (USA) 2:16:34